Monthly Archives: December 2015


MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 Route Announced

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 mapMINI USA today announced the official route for MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016.  The updated MINI TAKES THE STATES event website also shows the MTTS 2016 logo for the first time, which incorporates MINI’s new branding.

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 logo7/09 – Atlanta, GA
7/09-7/10 – Charlotte, NC
7/10-7/11 – Richmond, VA
7/11-7/12 – Baltimore, MD
7/12-7/13 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/13-7/14 – Detroit, MI
7/14-7/15 – St. Ignace, MI
7/15-7/16 – Green Bay, WI
7/16-7/17 – Minneapolis, MN
7/17-7/18 – Sioux Falls, SD
7/18-7/19 – Sturgis, SD
7/19-7/20 – Cheyenne, WY
7/20-7/21 – Park City, UT
7/21-7/22 – Las Vegas, NV
7/22-7/23 – Palms Springs, CA

From the BMW Group PressClub USA press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 24 – After much anticipation, MINI USA today announced the official route for the 2016 running of MINI TAKES THE STATES . The legendary biennial cross-country owners rally will kick off at Road Atlanta in northeast Georgia on July 9, 2016 and finish at the Thermal Club in Palm Springs, CA, on July 23, 2016.

In true MINI TAKES THE STATES fashion, the route will not take a direct path from point A to point B. The more than 4,000-mile “track-to-track” adventure will travel up the east coast, across the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains before arriving in Southern California.  The legendary adventure, which attracts thousands of MINI owners and enthusiasts every other year, will pay tribute to the brand’s motorsports heritage by stopping at several professional race tracks to host driving experiences along the way.

“MINI TAKES THE STATES is one of the most anticipated experiences that the MINI community takes part in every other year,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “Owning a MINI is about being a part of a community and never is that more evident than during MINI TAKES THE STATES.  We can’t wait to hit the road this summer!”

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 will leave Atlanta making stops in Charlotte, NC, Richmond, VA, and Baltimore, MD. The route then turns slightly west heading towards stops in Pittsburgh, PA, and Detroit, MI.  The group of owners and MINI employees will then head north and cross over the legendary Mackinac Bridge, considered to be a rite of passage for thousands of MINI owners who have participated in the biennial MINI on the Mack event before arriving in St. Ignace, MI.

After crossing over into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the route heads along the banks of Lake Michigan to Green Bay, WI, before heading west for stops in Minneapolis, MN, and Sioux Falls, SD. The rallying MINI owners will then motor across the Great Plains and through the Black Hills where they’ll make a pit stop in Sturgis, SD, home of the legendary motorcycle rally. The route then heads south for the final legs of the epic journey making stops in Cheyenne, WY, Park City, UT, and Las Vegas, NV, before finally crossing the finish line in Palm Springs, CA.

Stay tuned for more updates or visit MINITAKESTHESTATES.com to receive email updates. For blog posts and press images from MINI TAKES THE STATES 2014 please visit the MTTS 2014 page on MINIUSANEWS.com. Media interested in updates on MINI USA can also follow us on Twitter at @MINIUSANEWS.


worldwide MINI sales for November 2015

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Global MINI sales up slightly for November and up 13.8% for 2015.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

November was a record month for the MINI brand with sales totalling 29,271, just above the extremely high sales result achieved in November last year (+0.9%). MINI sales for the year-to-date are also higher than ever, with a total of 302,091 delivered to customers so far in 2015 (+13.8%). Monthly sales of the 5 door MINI are more than twice what they were in November last year, with a total of 8,510 delivered to customers worldwide.

November 2015 November 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
29,271 29,018 0.9% 302,091 265,404 13.8%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


MINI Countryman Special Edition

MINI Countryman Special Edition

MINI UK has announced a limited edition (250 vehicles) MINI Countryman Special Edition.  It is offered in the exclusive paint color combination of Absolute Black Metallic with roof and mirror caps in Space Grey Metallic.

From BMW Group PressClub UK:

• New MINI Countryman Special Edition launched in the UK

• Limited production of up to 250 models

• Space Grey Metallic roof and mirror caps exclusive to the MINI Countryman Special Edition

• MINI Navigation System fitted as standard

MINI is launching a new limited edition Countryman in the UK, the MINI Countryman Special Edition.

The MINI Countryman Special Edition has been developed by the manufacturer’s Special Order programme, set up to allow customers to place orders for special edition models direct through MINI Retailers.

Instantly recognisable by its exclusive Space Grey Metallic roof and mirror caps, teamed with 18” 5-Star Double Spoke alloy wheels in black and Absolute Black Metallic body paint, up to 250 MINI Countryman Special Edition models will be available for customers in the UK.

The latest edition to the Countryman range comes packed with standard equipment including MINI Navigation System, Voice Control, MINI Connected, Enhanced Bluetooth™ with USB audio and multi-function steering wheel. Front Seat Heating, Automatic Air Conditioning and Xenon Headlights are also included as standard.

Inside, the MINI Countryman Special Edition has been styled to be as impressive as the outside, with interior surfaces in Piano Black and leather upholstery in Gravity-Carbon Black.

Customers can choose between two model variants, the MINI Cooper S ALL4 Countryman or the MINI Cooper SD ALL4 Countryman in either manual or automatic transmissions. Both model options are paired with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system which provides excellent traction and quickly reacts to changes in road conditions, while still providing MINI’s unique driving experience.

Customers can order the new MINI Countryman Special Edition at MINI Retailers now.


MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition

MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition

There is no MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop 4 Door.  So MINI has done the next-best thing with the MINI Carbon Edition.  This MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door features a John Cooper Works Pro Tuning Kit, John Cooper Works Valve Exhaust System, and John Cooper Works Aero Kit.

MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition

From the BMW Group PressClub Global press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 2, 2015…The Carbon Edition combines the already powerful MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door model with the new John Cooper Works Pro Tuning Kit, valve exhaust system and high-grade carbon fiber accessories. The result is 208 horsepower and an ultra-aggressive exhaust note with Sport and Track Mode*.

The exhaust flap is operated wirelessly via two clicks of the Bluetooth controller and unleashes devilish backfire pops and crackling sound on the overrun.

Genuine carbon fiber mirror caps, air intake trim, and tailpipe finishers are offset against Midnight Black metallic paint and exclusive matte black sport and side stripes accented by a red pinstripe.

The JCW Exterior Package and additional accessory parts further distinguish the edition, with the aggressively styled body kit, rear spoiler, and 17” JCW Track Spoke Black Wheels.

These exterior upgrades are complemented on the interior by an 8.8” high-resolution screen with navigation, JCW steering wheel, sunroof, heated seats, and MINI’s Harman/Kardon premium sound system.

Customers looking to order a Carbon Edition should contact their local MINI dealer.

MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition

ACCESSORY HIGHLIGHTS:

JOHN COOPER WORKS PRO TUNING KIT

  • Increases the standard Cooper S engine performance from 189 to 208 horsepower.
  • Delivers superb responsiveness through reduced exhaust gas back pressure and adapted software engine update.

JOHN COOPER WORK VALVE EXHAUST SYSTEM

  • Track and Sport Modes:
  • Track Mode: For track use only, delivers maximum emotional sound.
  • Sport Mode: Significantly sportier and more emotional than the standard Cooper S for everyday use.
  • Made from high-quality stainless steel for exceptional quality and longevity.
  • Controlled via handheld Bluetooth 4.0 Exhaust Remote Control.

JOHN COOPER WORK AERO KIT ADDITIONS

  • Blackband front spoiler
  • Matte black rear spoiler add-ons

CARBON FIBER AIR INTAKE TRIM

CARBON FIBER MIRROR CAPS

CARBON FIBER TAILPIPE FINISHERS

SHORT SPORTY ANTENNA

BLACK LINE HEADLIGHT AND TAILLIGHT RINGS

MATTE BLACK SPORT AND SIDE STRIPES

  • “CARBON” glossy black badging
  • Red pinstripe

MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition

MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition

MINI COOPER S HARDTOP 4 DOOR  $25,100
 

CARBON EDITION ACCESSORY PACKAGE $3,500
JOHN COOPER WORKS PRO TUNING KIT
VALVE EXHAUST SYSTEM: SPORT AND TRACK MODES
BLUETOOTH EXHAUST CONTROL
CARBON FIBER MIRROR COVER
CARBON FIBER TAILPIPE FINISHERS
CARBON FIBER AIR INTAKE TRIM
JOHN COOPER WORKS PRO AERODYNAMIC KIT ADDITIONS
MATTE BLACK SPORT AND SIDE STRIPES
SHORT SPORTY ANTENNA
BLACK LINE HEADLIGHT AND TAILLIGHT RINGS
 

MIDNIGHT BLACK METALLIC POINT

 

CARBON EDITION OPTION PACKAGE $3,000
PANORAMIC SUNROOF
LED HEADLIGHTS
DYNAMIC DAMPER CONTROL
HARMAN/KARDON PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM
COMFORT ACCESS
HEATED SEATS
 

JCW EXTERIOR PACKAGE

 

$2,500

17” JCW TRACK SPOKE BLACK WHEELS
JCW AERODYNAMIC KIT
REAR SPOILER
WHITE TURN SIGNALS
 

JCW INTERIOR PACKAGE

 

$400

JCW STEERING WHEEL
ANTHRACITE HEADLINER
JCW DOOR SILL FINISHERS
STAINLESS STEEL PEDALS AND FOOTREST
 

WIRED PACKAGE (NAVIGATION)

 

$1,750

8.8” INFOTAINMENT SCREEN XL
NAVIGATION SYSTEM
CENTER ARMREST
ENHANCED BLUETOOTH AND AUDIO STREAMING
 

RETAIL MSRP (Manual Transmission)

 

$36,250**

+ $1,500 SPORT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION $37,750**

*Off-road / track use only

**Not including $850 D&H

MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition

MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Carbon Edition


MINI USA sales for November 2015

MINI USA sales for November 2015

MINI USA sales down over 11% for the month, still up over 8% for the year.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For November, MINI USA reports 4,444 automobiles sold, a decrease of 11.3 percent from the 5,009 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA sales are 53,505 vehicles, an 8.1 percent increase from the same period last year.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • In November, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) set a November record with 812 vehicles, up 3.8 percent over November 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 24.2 percent to 10,640 cars over the same period in 2014.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for November were 1,906 cars, an increase of 10.3 percent from November 2014.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales year-to-date were 24,499, an 8.0 percent increase from the same period in 2014.

 

October 2015 October 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
4,444 5,009 -11.3% 53,505 49,49 8.1%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.